Spain 1772-M PJ 1/2 escudo

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Aureo sale 243, lot 546
This specimen was lot 546 in Aureo y Calicó sale 243 (Barcelona, April 2012), where it sold for 115 € (about $174 including buyer's fees). The catalog[1] noted,
"Carlos III (1759-1788). 1772. Madrid. PJ. 1/2 escudo. Rayita. Bonito color. MBC/MBC+. (Half escudo of 1772, Madrid mint. Nice color, scratched, very fine.)"
This type was struck in Madrid 1772-85 (KM 415.1) and Seville 1773-83 (KM 415.2) and is not especially rare tho choice specimens are always in demand. Half escudos were struck in metropolitan Spain 1738-97 in considerable numbers and are quite a bit more common than their silver equals, the eight reales. This is opposite from Latin America, where silver pesos were minted in vast quantities but half escudos would not be minted until the reign of Ferdinand VII. Assayer PJ is listed for 1765-81.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.69 g, .901 fine gold, .049 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-290, KM 415.1, Cal. 766, Cayón-12167.

Source:

  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • Calicó, Xavier, Numismática Española: Catálogo General con Precios de Todas las Monedas Españolas Acuñadas desde Los Reyes Católicos Hasta Juan Carlos I, 1474 a 2001, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó, 2008.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 9th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2017.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Numismática, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2012.

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